A mind tangled in the tales of a book is apt to do many odd things. For the man in this statue, that means carelessly dumping a steady stream of water atop his head.
Fons Sapientiae, nicknamed “Fonske,” is a well-loved resident of Leuven. The whimsical statue is an ode to the city’s rich student life. The name translates to “Source of Wisdom,” and the water the man pours atop his head is supposedly meant to symbolize knowledge flowing into his brain. An intricate math formula is scrawled across the front cover of the book he clutches that, when solved, forms the Dutch word for “happiness.”
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